I approached this film with some reluctance. Rod La Rocque had essayed "The Shadow" the previous year in "The Shadow Strikes", which was a complete disaster. This little film is pretty good.The
fact that the superior MPEG-4 picture and great sound not usually found on the archieve made this a real treat.
It's not the Street and Smith "Shadow" from the pulps and it's not the radio "Shadow" either, although the original "Shadow" drawing is featured in the background. This is a light litte mystery with thinly veiled Nazi's, (it's 1938 O.K.)and it plays out very well. La Rocque is quite good and light. Astrid Allwyn, one of the busiest actresses in "B"'s in the 30's,is easy on the eyes and funny in a Jean Arthur sort of way. Very professional supporting cast, including Thomas E. Jackson, William Pawley, and Peter Potter before his success on radio.
Directed with just the right touch by Charles Lamont, who would have great success with Abbott and Costello and others later on.Production
values were tops for a "B" and looking back, may have been one cause why Grand National Pictures failed as a studio. You have to cover your negative cost. This may not have done so.
Highly recommended. Enjoy.